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January 2010

City of New Rochelle Hoping to Launch New Web Site Soon

January 14, 2010 - 21:13

City Communications Director Kathy Gilwit tells Talk of the Sound the City hopes to have the long-awaited revamped web site live by the end of the month!

Fingers crossed.

Talk of the Sound has not been kind to the current web site:

City of New Rochelle Web Site Voted Worst in New York State

The New Rochelle web site is a byzantine monstrosity that is largely useless for all except the most dedicated and persistent users. Many of the most useful links - and there are a few - are buried so deep within the web site, the path to arrive at those links is so slow and confused, the wall surrounding the information so impenetrable that the only purpose for having the information there is so the City can say it's there. Suffice to say, the phrase "user friendly" does not come to mind while connected to the New Rochelle Online web site. The good news is that the link to pay your parking fines works!

Bruce Negrin Radio Show Thursday Night 8pm WVOX 1460 am & wvox.com

January 14, 2010 - 19:21

NEW ROCHELLE NEWS AND VIEWS
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Tonight's Lineup:
What Makes New Rochelle a Great Place? - A real look behind the question.

Would New Rochelle be Better Served with a “Strong Mayor” system?

Will the NY State Senate Feel Any Repercussions for the 2009 Shutdown?

The Stimulus Package, delaying the inevitable.

City Government Press Releases: Premature Explanations

Give us a call to express your views.

Westchester County Offers Information on Haiti Earthquake Relief

January 14, 2010 - 17:25

47300B06-FAF9-4FCA-B962-F76CF9875531.jpgIn the aftermath of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, County Executive Robert P. Astorino and members of the Board of Legislators today expressed sympathy to the people of that country and their relatives who live in Westchester. They also offered information about how county residents may help.
“Looking at the news coverage of this tragedy makes us all pause to remember how lucky we are – and how in just a few seconds life can change,” said Astorino. “My heart goes out to the people of Haiti and to the approximately 5,000 people of Haitian ancestry living in Westchester.”

Donations:

Financial donations are needed and are, at this point, the only thing being accepted by the Red Cross.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part V): The Trial, Plaintiff's Case

January 14, 2010 - 13:36

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Editor's Note: This is Part V in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.

Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber. In Part IV, parents engage in civil disobedience at New Rochelle Schools, Zuber files Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part I - Early Gerrymandering
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part II - The Dodson Report
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part III - Frustration Grows

Brian O'Sullivan, 42, Leader of New Rochelle RELIG, Program Passes Away

January 14, 2010 - 13:04

Brian O'Sullivan, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on January 12, 2010. He was 42.

Mr. O'Sullivan ran the RELIG program in new Rochelle and was a very well known young man in the community. RELIG provides Christian Community spiritual inspiration and faith formation for the Catholic Youth of New Rochelle. It is sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Holy Name, St. Gabriel and Blessed Sacrament. RELIG conducts day and weekend overnight retreats, Christian Service Projects, Teen Leadership Training, social events & trips, and a Saturday drop-in center at the RELIG Home located at 112 Division Street.

Mr. O'Sullivan was born on December 24, 1967 in New Rochelle to the late Patrick and Gertrude Patricia (Page) O'Sullivan. He worked in food service at Iona College. He is survived by two sisters, Colleen Formisano and her husband Joseph of Port Jervis and Peggy O'Sullivan of New Rochelle; a brother, Kevin O'Sullivan of New Rochelle; and many loving nieces and nephews. Visiting Thursday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. Mass Friday 10am at Holy Name Church. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Once Again, Journal News IDs a Police Suspect as "White"

January 13, 2010 - 22:59

I did not think I would be again reporting that the Journal News appears to be playing games with how they describe the appearance of police suspects are I wrote: Journal News ID's suspect in recent burglary as "Blonde, Caucasian", Fails to ID Sutton Manor Assailants as "Black".

Today the Journal News reported on an incident near Drake Avenue:

The suspect is only as described as a white man in his 30s wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and dark blue sweatpants.

If they keep doing this it will become apparent that this is a deliberate act.

The people of New Rochelle need full, accurate descriptions of criminal suspects so they can help police catch them. If witnesses describe the victim as black or white or green just say so and quite placing political correctness above public safety.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today (Part IV): Civil Disobedience

January 13, 2010 - 04:04

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Editor's Note: This is Part IV in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.

Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district starting in the 1930s to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber.

Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part I - Early Gerrymandering
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part II - The Dodson Report
Lincoln School Desegregation Today: Part III - Frustration Grows

We continue with Part IV...

Civil Disobedience

Death Takes A Holiday on Councilman Stowe's "Boulevard of Carnage"

January 13, 2010 - 01:49

DSC01839In keeping with a tradition that has become more reliable than the Thanksgiving Day Parade, there was yet another car crash on the corner of Pratt and Adams Streets today. Coming home from work, I had the chance to watch the last car being loaded onto the back of a tow truck. Two cars were involved and one person was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

As I've said in previous posts this is a recurring incident that you would be hard pressed to see occurring elsewhere in this city. The East End neighborhood association has spoken to just about anyone who would listen about the speeding and frequency of accidents without any results. Yet, somehow the city council found the time and consulted with the police commissioner in multiple sessions about a resident who apparently doesn't move his car enough times in a 24 hour period.

Alliance for Excellent Education Study Shows High Cost of Low Graduation Rate in New Rochelle

January 12, 2010 - 19:34
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CDF07360-25C6-44D4-B94A-573C92AB4A04.jpgIf high school dropout rates were reduced by half, graduates in the United States would likely have bought homes worth $10.5 billion more than what they would likely spend without a diploma; supported 30,000 additional jobs and increased the gross regional product in these areas by a total of up to $5.3 billion by the time these new graduates reach the midpoint of their careers, according to a study release today by the Alliance for Excellent Education

The Economic Benefits From Halving The Dropout Rate: A Boom To Businesses In The Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas

Few people realize the impact that high school dropouts have on a community’s economic, social, and civic health. Business owners and residents—in particular, those without school-aged children—may not be aware that they have much at stake in the success of their local high schools.

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